Wednesday, August 04, 2010
I've never been a person who enjoys exercise or gets an endorphin high from walking or jogging........until now. I've been exercising for about six months, walking (and a little jogging) about five miles a day at least five days a week, doing weight training at least three times a week. In July I even joined the 28 day Sparkpeople bootcamp workout challenge.......three more days and I'm finished with the first round. I intend to find another challenge right away!
I'm not to the point yet where I get the "exercise high" I hear others talk about after a hard walk but I do feel good. In the past it wasn't hard to let exercise slide......one day not walking turned into a week and I was a couch potato again.
This time around I don't feel like my day is complete unless I walk. Even if it's a day when I can't get my 10,000 steps in, I walk. Sometimes it's round and round through my kitchen, living room, entry hall and family room, taking a run to the second floor and back with every fifth round.
I love feeling how toned my muscles are becoming. I love how I can keep up with almost anyone. I love how I can run up stairs........I look for stairs and don't take elevators anymore unless I have to go many floors. I love how my feet don't hurt unless I've had an exceptionally long day.
Maybe keeping at it until your body is used to being active is the key. Whatever the reason I'm happy to say I'm well on the way to trading my addiction to the couch for an addiction to the walking trail.